Day School Leadership Training Institute Completes Summer Retreat at JTS

Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Day Schools Represented

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July 28, 2011, New York, NY

Sixteen leaders in Jewish day school administration recently finished their first summer retreat of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI), a program that develops a cadre of visionary and skilled educational leaders who exemplify Jewish values and infuse them into their schools. The 16 participants comprise Cohort 7 of DSLTI; they will graduate from the program in the summer of 2012. The Day School Leadership Training Institute is sponsored by the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the AVI CHAI Foundation.

A mix of leaders from Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Jewish day schools is what distinguishes Cohort 7 from all previous groups: “Our Fellows represent a very broad range of North American Jewry in their affiliations and practices,” says Frances Urman, director of DSLTI. “What they have in common are their tremendous intellectual gifts, their commitment to educational excellence, and their desire to serve and perpetuate the Jewish people. Their diversity enriches every aspect of the institute and provides a living laboratory for Jewish pluralism.”

A 15-month program, DSLTI consists of two consecutive three-week summer sessions and a series of three-day retreats, facilitated by a team of highly skilled mentors. DSLTI is a vibrant learning community that imbues participants with content knowledge, practical skills, and a new lens through which to analyze and reflect on leadership issues. The institute is designed to offer a rich understanding of day school headship through the lenses of Judaism, education, and leadership:

Explore how a Jewish worldview informs educational theory, practice, and decision making.

Enhance knowledge of curriculum development and assessment, theories and practice of learning, professional development, and school culture.

Develop skills in budget and finance, development, admissions, board relations, and organizational change.

Participants in the program learn to articulate personal visions of educational leadership and gain an understanding of a leadership style that is grounded in self-reflection and Jewish values. The course activities are highly interactive, with case studies, simulations, and problem-based learning as primary approaches. In addition to fostering individual development, DSLTI is committed to forming a cadre of outstanding Jewish educational leaders who share a common language and who will support each other as they take leadership positions in day schools across North America.

After Cohort 7 graduates next year, the participants will join a network of 90 DSLTI alumni who serve in senior leadership positions in Jewish day schools throughout the United States and Canada. Each graduate has access to continuing professional development and networking opportunities.

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